PtG Article 20.08.2014

FC Barcelona and Spanish FA appeals denied by FIFA

The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeal lodged by FC Barcelona and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and confirm the sanctions laid out in April for breaches related to the international transfer and registration of under-age players.

In April, when the FIFA Disciplinary Committee issued the sanctions, FC Barcelona and RFEF lodged an appeal with the FIFA Appeal Committee including a request that the transfer ban be suspended while the appeal was pending.

The request for suspension was granted, but today, FIFA issued a statement confirming that the sanctions will come into force.

According to the FIFA statement, FC Barcelona will be serving a transfer ban for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, starting January 2015 and the club has been ordered to pay a fine of CHF 450.000 and a period of 90 days to regularise the situation of all the minor players concerned in the case.

The RFEF will have to pay a fine of CHF 500.000 and will have to regularise the regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football within one year.

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